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Arthur O. Beyer



Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
    Gleaming bright.
From afar drawing nigh,    
    Falls the night.

Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, From the hills,
    From the sky.
All is well, safel
y rest,
    God is nigh.

Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
    Shineth bright,
God is near, do not fear,
  Friend, good night.

Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery

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Born:  May 20, 1909 at Rock Township, IA

Entered Service in the US Army from St. Ansgar, IA

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism January 15, 1945 at Arloncourt, Belgium

Died:  February 17, 1965 at the age of 55

Corporal Arthur Beyer was a tank-destroyer gunner in his platoon, which was held up by antitank, machinegun, and rifle fire in an advance near Arloncourt, Belgium. The enemy troops were dug in along a ridge about 200 yards to the front and Beyer, noting a machinegun position in this defense line, fired upon it with his 76-mm gun killing one enemy and silencing the weapon. He dismounted from his vehicle and, under direct enemy observation, crossed open ground to capture the 2 remaining members of the crew. A second machinegun, about 250 yards to the left, continued to fire on him. Through withering fire, he advanced on the position. Throwing a grenade into the emplacement, he killed one crewmember and again captured the two survivors. Though subjected to concentrated small-arms fire, with great bravery he worked his way a quarter mile along the ridge, attacking hostile soldiers in their foxholes with his carbine and grenades. When he had completed his self-imposed mission against powerful German forces, he had destroyed 2 machinegun positions, killed 8 of the enemy and captured 18 prisoners, including two bazooka teams.



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